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2008 & 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jets headed to Australia

By Chris Thompson, 12 Jul 2018 News

2008 & 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jets headed to Australia news

Herrod Performance will be home to two rare Ponies

Back in 2008, Ford decided to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original 1968 Mustang Cobra Jet by releasing a limited run of 50 2008 versions of the famous drag car, as many as were originally built.

You’ll probably never see one in Australia – they’re not road legal and even if any were here, they’re likely locked up safe and sound.

But now we know of one on its way to Australia very soon – ten years after it was built, and still in new condition.

Bound for the (likely secret) garage of Rob Herrod, head honcho at Herrod Performance, the 2008 Cobra Jet has less than one mile on the odo, and has been left with its original factory plastic protectors attached inside.

Its 5.4-litre Cobra Jet engine with 2.3-litre TVS supercharger hasn’t even been run in, and Herrod says he’ll probably keep it that way.

But he also has some more good news – a 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is heading to Australia once production begins, the only one Oz-bound to our knowledge.

One of only 68 units will make itself at home with, you guessed it, Herrod Performance.

The factory drag cars have no VIN, and aren’t road-registerable… but they can run a quarter mile in the 8-second range, Ford Performance says.

The outputs for the supercharged 5.2-liter Coyote V8 in the 2018 version are yet to be confirmed by Ford Performance, and we’re not sure Herrod’s dyno will ever meet the rear hubs of the dragstrip legend, but given the rapid sub-9sec 400m time at 240km/h, we expect it’d make the Dodge Demon’s 626kW/1045Nm look a little inadequate.